Work can be insanely stressful. In a world of deadlines, awkward meetings, and not enough coffee in the mornings, it’s sometimes hard to imagine that you can actually have a good time at the office. However, with the right group and attitude (and maybe a bottle of wine), anything is possible!
It’s time to have a little bit of fun at work, and with “National Have Fun at Work Day” around the corner on January 28th, the timing has never been better!
Are you part of a party planning committee, but aren’t sure where to start? It’s as simple as taking the things people already like doing and making them appropriate for the office.
Any of these crowd-pleasers ought to do the trick!
#1 – Office Karaoke
Get some equipment to host a little office karaoke. After all, nothing quite says “party” like an off-tune rendition of “Sweet Caroline.” If you want to make sure people go on stage, offer some kind of prize like a gift card to the best performer. Better yet, if you’re the CEO go up there yourself and get into the groove!
Keep in mind, there are all kinds of personalities at the office. The wallflowers might not want to go on stage, but they can still hang out in the audience. Refreshments and food definitely wouldn’t hurt either.
As a music fan, I felt compelled to offer some work-ready suggestions!
Who doesn’t want to see Carol in Accounting perform “Working for the Weekend?” At the very least, it’ll make for some interesting chatter around the water cooler the next day.
#2 – Host an Ice Cream Social
You can’t go wrong with ice cream. In fact, a crazy 40% of Americans eat this sweet treat at least once during a two-week period. The good mood that follows is the cherry on top!
Keep the “social” part in mind. You don’t want people to grab their ice cream and book it back to their desks. A 50’s diner theme and Elvis impersonator or a Pulp Fiction inspired dance contest can give your co-workers something to talk about.
#3 – Game Day
There’s a reason family game night is so popular. Whether it’s arguing over Boardwalk in Monopoly or trying to justify how “turnt” is a word in Scrabble, games are a great way to bond and debate in a healthy way.
When you bring them to work, you also have the added bonus of working in a little teambuilding and problem-solving.
Here are some ideas to get you started!
The last thing you want is to give someone an excuse to show off or get extra competitive. No one wants to see someone rage and flip over the table or point fingers at another player for making them lose. Make sure you talk to your employees ahead of time and tell them to play it cool.
#4 – Office Yoga or Zumba
Bring in a Zumba or yoga instructor for an hour-long class. There are many that would gladly come out and offer some kind of group discount. Reach out to local studios and see who’s available.
If you have less rhythm than Napoleon Dynamite, don’t worry! It’s all about the aerobics, and honestly, you’ll feel an amazing stress relief if you just go with it. Yoga has the power to improve your energy and focus, while Zumba pumps you up and gets you feeling motivated. These are all great qualities to bring to work!
#5– Bring in the Dogs
Are you tired of leaving Fido at home? It’s hard to see puppy dog eyes when you’re grabbing your keys and heading out the door. That’s why your employees will love bringing their furry friends to work.
This one may not be for everyone, so talk with your team and make sure they’re comfortable. People with allergies may need to relocate or work from home for the day.
After you let the dogs out, make sure to vacuum and sweep the office. This effort is worth it in the long run to have a day with a bunch of adorable pups!
#6 – Go Camping
No, I’m not talking about getting everyone in a caravan and heading to the woods. You can have a mock camping trip right at the office with a little creativity and supplies.
Any of these activities are the perfect way to bring the great outdoors into the office without the pesky mosquitoes! Plus, they require very little hassle or energy to set up for everyone.
#7 – Declare a Nerf War
Nerf was invented in 1969, and since then, it has been well-loved by children and adults alike. The little foam projectile isn’t going to do any serious damage, so go nuts and bring it into the office.
Cubicles will become forts, binders can be used as shields, and some brave souls may even do running rolls to avoid the onslaught. It’ll be a blast to watch!
#8 – Costume Contest
It doesn’t have to be Halloween to dress up. Choose a theme like these to get started:
People can go about their normal work day, only they’ll be dressed as Dwight Schrute or a cute bunny while they’re doing it. It can lead to some great laughs and even better pictures to post on social media.
#9 – Personal Masseuse
No one in the office is going to argue over a massage. In fact, about 88% of people view massages as beneficial to their overall health and wellness. That’s why you should bring in a masseuse for a day of relaxation!
Sitting in a chair all day can be taxing, and with the phone ringing and copy machine going all day, the work environment can seem pretty overwhelming. Keep the theme of relaxation going with tranquil music, Himalayan salt lamps, and pajamas. Maybe even go as far as having an office nap. Sometimes peace and quiet is all we need.
#10 – Create Crafts
Office crafts are a self-operating machine. All you have to do is lay out some supplies and instructions and that’s it. People can get up throughout the day and make something cool, whether it’s a desk decoration or a gift for their kids.
My recommendation is to start with making your own stress balls. It’s super easy and doesn’t require much to get done. Not to mention, your employees will have something to squeeze during stressful days.
Of course, stress balls aren’t all you can make during craft time. Think about also doing special projects for holidays, like ornaments for Christmas, shamrocks for St. Paddy’s, and eggs for Easter.
A Good Time at Quality Logo Products®
We’re fortunate at Quality Logo Products® to have a ton of fun, in and outside the office. I’ve seen some things – unusual white elephant stories, spontaneous slow claps, video messages from famous wrestling stars, you name it. Outside of the office, we’ve rented out movie theaters, done laser tag, and went bowling. These bonding experiences help you become more than just co-workers, you also become great friends.
Anything is possible when you have an awesome group of people. Be silly, laugh, and let down your guard. At the end of the day, we’re all just human, including your co-workers. It’s okay to show a bit of your personality at the office. Just save the inappropriate jokes and lewd comments for your next weekend binge, and you’ll be golden.
Keep in mind, you want everyone to have fun at the office. Don’t just go with super social things or quiet time. It’s important that everyone feels comfortable and able to let loose. Try to plan something cool at least once a month and take plenty of pictures for your social media or blog.
Do you have any fun office ideas? What about stories about memorable days at work? We’d love to hear them!